The old saying goes, ‘Records were made to be broken.’ At Buffalo Raceway, that cliché is sure holding true.
For the eighth time this season, a track record was broken on the lightning fast half-mile oval at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. There already have been seven different divisional standards re-established in 2015
Wednesday night in the $9,500 conditioned trot, Winkys Pride had the honours of getting her name in the record book with a 1:57.2 time over the fast track. The time broke the trotting mark for all-aged mares of 1:58.1 set on April 22, 2015 by Serendipitious and the aged mare standard of 1:58.2 set by Escrow Blue Chip in 2012.
Driver Drew Monti set reasonable marks with Winkys Pride ($5.90), putting up times of 29.2, 59.1 and 1:29.0. But the clincher was the last panel as Monti had Winkys Pride in high gear, posting a 28.2 last quarter. It put away second place finisher Diamonds For Life (Cummings) and Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) who took third.
Owned and trained by Rob Hummel, the seven-year-old Winkys Pride (Amigo Hall-Winkys Smile) has now won four times in nine tries this season, putting $14,527 in the bank. It also moved her career earnings to $186,062.
Don Rothfuss doesn’t climb in the sulky very much these days but after the drive he gave Its De Lovely in the $9,500 Open II pace for the fillies and mares, he should consider a comeback.
Looking hopelessly boxed in by several horses in mid-stretch, Rothfuss squeezed Its De Lovely through a narrow gap and she did the rest after that, pacing away to a half-length win over A Cameo In Life in 1:56.4 over the fast track.
For Rothfuss, it was only his 10th start in the bike this season and was his first victory. It was also the first win for him at Buffalo Raceway since 2010.
A Cameo In Life (Kevin Cummings) took command from the start and set the tempo with fractions of :27.1, :58.4 and 1:28. Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) drafted along in the pocket, dipped to the passing lane, and looked like the major threat in mid-stretch. Those two seemed destined to duke it out to the wire, but Its De Lovely had other ideas. She found a small seam and zoomed on past to notch the $18.20 victory. A stunned A Cameo In Life held on for second while Eyemajet took the show spot.
Co-owned by Michael and Howard Ouriel and trained by Rothfuss, Its De Lovely (Four Starzzz Shark-Reflect Upon Life) has now scored four victories in 14 starts in 2015, earning $22,715 on the year. It also jacked up the classy eight-year-old mare’s lifetime earnings to $630,667.
For 18-year-old Wade Tomaszewski, it was a memorable night for him as he scored his first pari-mutuel victory of his career by taking V La Faire gate-to-wire in 1:56.4, returning $4.60 as the favourite. Tomaszewski has been knocking on the door for his first win. He was in the money in 4-of-8 career starts before registering his first win in his ninth appearance.
The 10-race card was marred by an accident at the start of the sixth race, which was declared a ‘no-contest’ by the judges. There were no serious injuries to either horses or drivers.